The MLBPA asks for A-Rod’s lawsuit to be tossed out


As expected, the MLBPA has asked the court to strike A-Rod’s claims against it. Its argument: A-Rod can’t claim he didn’t get a good defense from the union given that his suspension was reduced and given the quality of its argument and briefing in the case. A-Rod has until Friday to respond.

This could drag on for a while, of course. For whatever reason A-Rod didn’t ask for an injunction to have his suspension put on hold, which would have accelerated matters considerably. Probably because he knows he’s likely to lose, I imagine, but how having a protracted legal battle that gets him to the same place helps anyone other than his lawyers is beyond me.

Henderson Alvarez signs with Tigres de Quintana Roo

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Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.

The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.

That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.